In a pre-emptive move to distance itself from the Volkswagen Diselgate saga, PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced that it will make the move to ‘realistic’ fuel consumption reporting from 2016.
The French company maintains that it does not employ defeat devices, or other test-detecting tactics in any of its vehicles.
A new fuel consumption testing procedure, WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure) is currently being developed by regulators in Europe, Japan and India, and will take the place of the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) last updated in 1997.
Although PSA hasn’t stated that it will adopt WLTP test procedures for the ‘real world’ figures it intends to publish, the company does support the adoption of the new test system, which is more representative of real world driving conditions.
PSA also admits that the current NEDC system allows for ‘testing optimisations’ and admits that it has taken advantage of those optimisations.
Already Peugeot and Citroen vehicles have begun to employ weight-saving construction methods, while PSA vehicles are the first to adopt BlueHDi Selective Catalytic Reduction technology across the entire range of Euro 6 compliant diesel engines.
BlueHDi uses AdBlue exhaust treatment to reduce harmful nitrous oxide emissions. While regular diesel vehicles offer lower CO2 emissions than petrol equivalents, NOx emissions are often higher, which the AdBlue exhaust system attempts to remedy.
Depending on the outcomes of the real world figures, owners of Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobiles vehicles could find themselves paying additional taxes, with many European countries calculating their vehicle tax regimes based on vehicle emissions.
At the end of 2014 French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, declared the country’s preference for diesel vehicles “a mistake” outlining plans to reduce France’s diesel vehicle dependance.
With as many as 80 percent of French vehicles currently diesel fuelled, the move could see a petrol-powered resurgence, as other European countries consider making a similar move away from diesel powertrains.
Until then PSA has promised that it will publish real-world economy figures for its “main vehicles” as soon as possible, with all results overseen by an independent third-party.